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Study: Children With Bipolar Parents At Greater Risk For ADHD

A new study has shown that children of adults suffering from bipolar disorder are at a much greater risk of ADHD and mental disorders.

This study was completed at the Western Psychiatric Institute and Clinic in Pittsburgh by Dr. Boris Birmaher. Children aged 2-5 were studied for how bipolar disorder in their parents could affect them. Of the children 121 had parents with a history of bipolar disorder, 102 children came from parents with no history of this disorder. Parents suffering from other problems, such as schizophrenia or mood issues stemming from abuse, were not looked at for this study.

The study found that children of bipolar parents had an increased risk of ADHD, almost eight-fold higher than those without bipolar parents. These children also suffered a great risk of other mood disorders such as anxiety, depression, and oppositional defiant disorder. These conditions can be diagnosed in children as young as age 2.

Scientists hope that with this study at-risk children will be more easily identified and be treated much sooner. Early detection and treatment is extremely important for helping children learn to manage and control their problems. Counseling as young as preschool age can help children learn to regulate their moods and create less disruptive behaviors.

The biggest single risk factor for developing bipolar disorder is having a family history of the condition. This study shows that there can also be other mental issues caused from this family history and children need to be screened at an early age. – Summer, Staff Writer

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1 Comment

  • ADD = Chromosome Pair #4
    ADHD = Chromosome Pair #5
    Bipolar/Schizophrenia/OCD = Chromosome Pair #15

    The fundamental problem here.. The tail wagging the dog

    Scientists hope that with this study at-risk children will be more easily identified and be treated much sooner. Early detection and treatment is extremely important for helping children learn to manage and control

    “their”

    problems.

    State The facts without inversion. Psychologists are dangerous! They do it over & over to the detriment of people’s lives. Wagging the dog. (Normalizing the affected individual & hanging everyone else off in co-dependent relationships as support vs treat the actual issues).

    1) The at-risk children are such because they inherited the genetics.
    2) The environmental impact by bad parenting exhibited by bipolar parents exacerbates the genetic predisposition (it does not cause the genetics).
    3) The parents must submit to treatment for bipolar & accept their impact environmentally on their children to minimize the negative effects.
    4) The children own limitations must be addressed including psycho-educational therapy to protect them from the affected parents negative impact.

    Unfortunately 90% of marriages to bipolars fail, leaving the kids under the care of the bipolar individual (usually mom with > 50% diagnostic as bipolar).

    Don’t wag the dog.

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